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A matchup against an offensively scuffling team might be what the slumping Winnipeg Jets need to recover their betting value – assuming they are ready to play desperate hockey. The Jets are the +160 underdog on the NHL odds while the Carolina Hurricanes are a -180 home favourite with a 6.0-goal total for Tuesday at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.
The Jets, who also visit the Columbus Blue Jackets on Wednesday in their final game before the all-star break, are 11-5 over their last 16 games when they are also playing the next day. But they are 5-10 in their last 15 games as an away underdog of +150 to +180 on the moneyline at betting sites.
Jets at Hurricanes | OddsShark Matchup Report
The Hurricanes are 15-5 in their last 20 games as a -160 to -200 home favourite with the total finishing UNDER 13 times, and are also 6-2 in their last eight home games against the Western Conference with the total finishing UNDER seven times. The total has also gone UNDER in 11 of the last 16 games in this matchup.
The Jets are 25-20-4 and have lost four of their last five games, which triggered a players-only meeting after their 5-2 defeat against the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday. The Jets, who struggle to generate great quantities of shots, have shaken up their lines with Mark Scheifele and Blake Wheeler getting new wingers in an effort to get more from an attack that ranks 25th in the 31-team NHL in five-on-five shot-attempt percentage (48.0 percent). The Jets are 19th in goals scored (2.96 per game) and 18th in goals against (3.08). On special teams, the power play is ranked 15th (20.1 percent) but the penalty killing unit is ranked 28th (74.8).
The Jets have an eight-day break following the Columbus game so it is possible Connor Hellebuyck could make back-to-back starts. Hellebuyck has a 21-15-4 record this season with a 2.71 goals-against average and .919 save percentage, but his numbers are less sterling – 2.92, .911 – when he starts with one day of rest.
The Hurricanes are 28-18-3 and have had a string of low-scoring games while adjusting to the long-term loss of top defenseman Dougie Hamilton (fractured fibula), with an average total of 3.0 goals across their last six games. Carolina’s speed and talent, personified by the likes of left wing Andrei Svechnikov and right wing Teuvo Teravainen, is a driving force in Carolina leading the league in five-on-five shot-attempt percentage (54.8 percent). Carolina, though, is 13th in goals scored (3.10 per game) and seventh in goals against (2.67). The Hurricanes have the ninth-ranked power play (21.3 percent) and fourth-ranked penalty killing unit (83.1).
Petr Mrazek might well be in line for the goaltending start after James Reimer played in the Hurricanes’ past two games. Mrazek has a 17-12-2 record this season with a 2.64 goals-against average and .904 save percentage, but Carolina is just 1-4 in his last five starts.
Following the all-star break, the Jets resume action with a three-game homestand that starts against the Boston Bruins on January 31.